WAUSAU, WI – The Neighbors’ Place (TNP) has officially opened its silent auction for the (17) hand painted doors used in the “Pop-Up for an Impact” project for Downtown Grocery. Downtown Grocery and the art department at Wausau East High School have collaborated throughout the months of December and January to build an artistic fence while the grocery store’s temporary location is under construction. The doors were purchased from the Habitat for Humanity Recycled Building Materials (RBM), and Wausau East art students have volunteered their time to paint murals upon each door. Colorful fruits, vegetables and flowers represent Downtown Grocery’s past and bright future. Kevin Korpela, Downtown Grocery, says, “We’re enjoying the experience to create the ‘Pop-Up for Impact’ art project and collaborate with three groups (Habitat, Wausau East High and The Neighbors’ Place) to turn the challenge of our tough situation that displaced businesses, customers, vendors and employees into a big positive impact for the community!”
Downtown Grocery’s Market & Food Bar is scheduled to open at the end of the month (exact day TBD) in the Wausau Center’s food court. Though the students’ construction fence will be taken down at this time, the community can still view and place bids on the doors at www.neighborsplace.org/silent-auction/ through the end of January.
This is the first silent auction TNP has ever conducted digitally. In an effort to keep bidders’ information secure and promote more bids from the community, an additional webpage was created on their website by Eric Lewerenz at Coolwater Creative. “After helping The Neighbors’ Place update their web presence last year, this was another fun opportunity to partner with them in furthering their mission to be ‘People Helping People.’ Rather than needing to find and rent a physical space to host an auction, The Neighbors’ Place can host the silent auction on their own website, allowing them to reach more people. At the same time, bidders can view the auction items and bid on them at any time of the day, from the comfort of their own homes,” said Lewerenz.
Winning bids will be provided with an option of donating the door to TNP. Donated doors will be displayed throughout TNP’s location as a reminder of this community collaboration.